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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks on the stomach

There are many causes of stretch marks, such as rapid weight gain, but they are mainly recognised as the battle scars of pregnancy, with between 75% and 90% of women developing stretch marks during this time. Stretch marks after pregnancy are the bane of most women’s lives. Because whilst men might think that their partner’s scarred stomach is a tapestry upon which the beautiful experience of childbirth has been embroidered; women will be ruing the fact that they’ve had to mothball their skimpy, summer two-piece. Stretch marks aren’t necessarily uncomfortable, but the affected areas can occasionally be itchy and sensitive. However, there are a number of creams and lotions available that, if used daily, can help to keep the skin supple, while the action of rubbing in the cream can encourage better circulation. Laser treatment can also help to fade the marks, but this isn’t available on the NHS and can be expensive.

If your child has stretch marks and you would like more information, check the guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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I'm 18 and have put on weight over the last year, however over the last month or two I have developed huge purple stretch marks that go up my stomach to my belly button and also down onto the top of my pubic area, this is highly embarrassing as I know even with weight loss these marks will remain. I am now very self conscious of my body, wearing bikinis on holiday doesn't even cross my mind and I'm also extremely self aware when getting close to a boy as I know at a certain point I would have to show my body which I hate the idea off. I haven't shown/spoke to any one about my stretch marks (not even my mum) and I'm reluctant to go to the doctors. Just wondering if anyone knows of any remedies for these?! I really am desperate





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I'm 14 and a very muscular build because I'm a competitor gymnast and dancer, but I have stretch marks almost everywhere because of muscle growth, I am quite skinny but my muscles have caused stretch marks on my legs, bum, calves, hips and my arms especially. I cannot wear what is in fashion because everything shows them off and they are quite embarrassing and looking at them makes me extreamley depressed to the point where I have starved and cut myself. But I have recently started to use bio oil as reccomended by my friend and I find that that it has helped them a bit and I reccomend that you use it if you are in the same situation.





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I'm 38 I have a stretch marks since I was 11 years & it become huge & lots all over my body almost every where I hate it & really defective،devastate my life





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I have lines on my belly they are red also quite like something is eating me as if there a little raised I get stretch marks which are always white or silvery having done a little research I find bartonella pictures on the net looking exactly the likes of mine bartonella is not widely recognised which ive reslised through my research on the net im going to the doctors however I am worried about being able to get across my belief an opinion from you would be useful in one way or another either I can judge what to say or il have an opinion I understand id appreciate a response if possible thank you emma 25





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I found this article in The Mail whilst searching for a treatment for my stretch marks, it looks very promising. I'm considering giving it a go. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2720678/The-tattoo-gun-torture-treatment-blasts-away-stretch-marks.html





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I'm 13 and I've got stretch marks on the inside of my large thighs they are massive and are really embarrassing and wobble when i do the slightest thing I always hide them away as they are to large - 59cm HELP ME





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Hello, I am 16 years old and I am battling depression. I have not felt my self since I was 14 years old and I find it hard to laugh,smile&even talk to people. I have no self confidence and do not have the energy to do anything anymore which really upsets my family. I have stretch marks particularly on my boobs, all over my sides,top of my legs, and on my back it looks like somebody has drawn on my back they are so strange, I don't feel like I can do anything simply because of these marks on my skin, I know they are very common in teenagers but they are destroying my life and I get put off talking to any boys, and don't feel like I can get undressed infront of anyone but myself, I feel invisible, like I'm drowning and no body can hear my screams, I am a 38dd in bra size, a size 14 and I am curvy and think I am fat but these marks are destroying my self confidence and I really need a solution for them I am prepared to start the journey of decreasing these marks, can you please suggest anything that will help me? I would really appreciate it





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Hello, stretch marks do fade in time. I have had 3 babies, have quite a lot of stretch marks but they have faded. Bio oil is really good. You must use it for a few months though. Try and tone up a little bit too that really Helps. Honestly, no one Will care about them apart from you. I used to hate mine so much but you get over it . Size 14 is hardly fat either so please don't feel so bad. I used to do modelling; with stretch marks!! It really doesn't affect how people look at you and if it does then.... Losers!! 38dds?' Lucky you!! I'd kill for those ;-) so try bio oil, strivectin is also very good but pricey. Palmers coco butter, don't let it stop you living your life!!

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Hi im steph 18 years old wiyh a 15month beautiful son i have stretch marks all ober my body back of my legs boobs arms all over my belly shoulders top of legs bum n probx on my back i know it aimt long since i had my son and i understand they take to fade but my problem is i cannot use the creams oils ect to help me they seem to make my stretch marks split reli bad tye bleed a bit but sting loads and loads and take days to heal back up i have reli bad big thick stretch marks right at the top of my legs and on the pubic area also if i dye my hair a digferent colour or even use strong soaps bubble bath ect it splits them again especially the realy big thick ones its pain full i feel self concious i feel horrible i know i have to bath and gt washed which i do but its not how it used to be getting a bath/shower help plz desperate have a life ahead of me to start and i feel i cant





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I'm 14 and have stretch marks on the sides of my stomach and on my thighs, I've been working out recently and have been losing weigh but I don't feel like its been rapid, so what can I do? Also, when I get out of the shower I always put lotion on, but nothing works. Now I hate my body & haven't went swimming once this summer because I'm not confident. Please help.





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i am 45 and got my stretchmarks at 17 years old.i have been using a derma roller for about 12 months and it does work i do it quite hard to get better results and i think they will go conpletely. i have just been on holiday and felt so much more confident in a bikini

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I'm 13 and I have really bad stretch marks on my back, I have them on my legs the side of my boobs and my hips but not as bad I also have tiny ones on my arms under my armpits. I'm not over weight and have not had gone up to a bigger size then small again. I've been the same size for the most of my life, if you can help me please give me a way to make these go!





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »

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